Nyla Hampton scores career high as Bowling Green cruises past Kent State


Nyla Hampton drives through the lane in BGSU’s 77-72 MAC Championship loss to Central Michigan at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 13, 2021.

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Bowling Green Women’s Basketball faced off against Kent State Monday night in the first of their two matchups this season. 

Sophomore Nyla Hampton led the way, scoring a career high 23 points on 8-11 shooting from the field, and 7-10 from the line in the Falcons’ 77-67 win. 

Both teams are in the hunt to stay in the MAC tournament with only four games left in the season. After this game both teams are 8-8 in conference play and are only two games back from third seeded Akron. 

The Falcons played with their full court press defense and did a good job with on ball pressure at the perimeter. Both teams had a slow offensive start from the field and the majority of touches came from the low post. 

Kent State’s Nila Blackford started the game with the first six of Kent State’s points and her rebounding allowed for second chance points for the Golden Flashes. 

The first quarter ended with Kent State up 18-17. 

The second quarter showcased the defensive talent of the Lady Falcons as they sent double teams on the perimeter and were able to rack up a total of eight steals by the end of the game, led by Amy Velasco and Hampton at both three apiece. 

Both teams hurt themselves with turnovers, BGSU having 15 and Kent having 16. 

At the half, things were close with Kent State up 35-33. The second half started off strong offensively with both teams starting to hit their threes. 

In the third quarter, senior Madisen Parker moved into third all-time for made three pointers for Bowling Green Women’s Basketball.

The splash sisters of Parker and Morgan Sharpes combined for 17 points on 3-6 from downtown. 

BG took the lead by the end of the third, leading 57-54.

In the fourth, Bowling Green was able to pull away despite Kent’s Bridget Dunn’s 21 points and five rebounds off the bench. 

Nyla Hampton sealed the game down the stretch with seven points in the last three minutes, including four made free throws.

 Bowling Green finished the game shooting 51.8% from the field and 42.6% from three. 

They face off next against Akron Wednesday night at 7 p.m. to move a game closer to third place in the MAC. Kent State also comes to the Stroh March 2 seeking revenge and a potential playoff spot.